Expedition Timeline

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2019 Expedition Timeline

Latest Journals

27 January 2020 Walloping 'Round Cape Horn

By: Sarah Slack
Waves crash on the starboard aft deck of the Palmer
Walloping 'Round Cape Horn Today we began the part of the trip I'm dreading: our transit through Drake Passage. I've been hearing about the conditions of this place for years- when I worked on the Hudson River sloop Clearwater in the early 2000's, we often sang a sea chanty (pronounced shanty) (…

26 January 2020 Dr. Isa Rosso and the Floats

By: Sarah Slack
Map of float locations in the Southern Ocean
Dr. Isa Rosso and the Floats Dr. Isa Rosso is a scientist working with SOCCOM - Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling, which is using more than 130 individual floats to collect data on the chemistry of the Southern Ocean and trying to understand the relationship between…

26 January 2020 Living Healthy at 87 degrees North

By: Katie Gavenus
People in workout gear
Note: Thanks to Maggie Kane and the students in the Odyssey School of Denver Middle School for asking some great questions! Among the 11 questions they sent my way, 3 guided this journal post: Are there health risks (beyond dangers discussed already with bears, and the cold) associated with this…

25 January 2020 Getting My Sea Legs

By: Sarah Slack
Organization Chart for the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration
Getting My Sea Legs I'm just wrapping up my first 24 hours as a full-time resident of the ship and have learned quite a bit already. The Chief Mate gave an inspiring and informative safety talk that included many helpful tips, such as: If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are…

25 January 2020 Last night on land

By: Sarah Slack
Returning to the NBP just after 10:00PM
Today we moved onto the ship and started intense preparations for our departure in the morning. I went into Punta Arenas to do some last-minute shopping and to have dinner, and returned to the pier around 10:00. The sky is still light at 10:00 at night as I return to the Nathaniel B. Palmer at the…

24 January 2020 Punta Arenas Schedule

By: Sarah Slack
My version of a schedule that was given to each researcher from the US as they exited the Punta Arenas airport.
After more than 24 hours of traveling, I made it to Punta Arenas yesterday evening. I had dozed a little bit on the plane, but was totally exhausted. I think some of my students should be able to tell everyone what time the sun set in PA last night? Between the light and the excitement, it was hard…

PolarTREC Updates

The work of professor Bryon Crump, graduate student Natasha Christman, and PolarTREC teacher David Walker is highlighted in the weekly newsletter of the Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (On the Horizon).

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What is PolarTREC?

STEM at the Poles! Research Experiences for Formal and Informal Educators in the Polar Regions is the newest iteration of PolarTREC. The educators (formal and informal) come from the United States and spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the Arctic or Antarctica, working side by side with scientists. STEM at the Poles is professional development for educators across all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines connecting them to the polar regions and the research community; developing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) resources; and changing how they teach STEM in both informal and formal learning environments. PolarTREC is funded through awards from the National Science Foundation and administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS).


Image: The 2019 PolarTREC Cohort and project management team pose for a photo outside the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus during orientation week.

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